DHS football head coach takes job at Redemptorist

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR
Now former DHS head coach Terence Williams talks to the referee in a game in the 2012 season.

Donaldsonville High football coach Terence Williams handed over his duties last week to take the head-coaching job at Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge. His last day at DHS is Friday, Jan. 18 and he said his decision wasn’t based on anything other than the fact he could go back to where he came.

“It was just an opportunity to go home,” Williams said on taking the position at RHS. “God has called me home.”

Williams has been in the coaching business for 15 years and has been as far as Texas, but much of his career was in the surrounding areas of Baton Rouge. Now, he gets an opportunity to be with his family.

“I get a chance to give back to the community that gave so much to me when I was growing up.”

Williams led the Tigers in four seasons, each year his winning percentage decreased. DHS finished 9-2 in his first season, but in the 2012 season the team finished 2-8. His overall record at DHS came out to be 25-19. Despite the decline in wins, his feelings for DHS never changed.

“This is the greatest coaching staff I’ve ever been part of,” Williams said. “We bonded together as a family.”

In his four years, Williams was able to fulfill some dreams for DHS student-athletes and help them to continue to play the sport he or she loves. He and his staff were able to send 20 student-athletes on to college, including LSU’s Tre’ Sullivan.

“I’m going to miss a lot of it, miss these guys, the faculty,” Williams said. “Everybody bonded for the betterment of the kids.”

Williams goes to take on a team that has won 16 district titles and three state titles in the program’s history. However, RHS finished the 2012 season with an 0-10 record under former head coach Guy Mistretta.